Would You Try The Feathered Brow Look?

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brow guru Kristie Streicher

Have you heard of the feathered brow technique? “It’s what I’ve been doing for years, but I’ve only just now trademarked it,” says Kristie Streicher, the bi-coastal brow guru behind so many of New York and L.A.’s most perfectly groomed arches. Her simple technique involves tweezing the arch to open up the eye, but going easy on the ends (the back, or “tails,” and front, or “sprouts,” as she calls them), taking only every other hair for a look that is softer, slightly longer, and with the feathered quality. “It’s basically just taking the hairs that you need to and leaving the majority—cleaning it up without being too contrived,” she explains.

“Most people think they need to take a lot of their brow away to shape it,” says Streicher, whose own brows border on modern-day Brooke Shields. Her strategy “keeps it full and looks like ‘I’ve done nothing; I just have great brows.’ ”

In a recent interview with goop.com, Streicher opened up about her brow mantra:

The Feathered Brow technique I created looks great on every face. It is simply your own natural eyebrow shape with just a few carefully selected hairs removed. Women can achieve this look at home by first letting their eyebrows grow out for 3-4 months in order to see their natural shape and arch. Then only tweeze the few hairs it takes to open up the outer arch of the brow.

image credit: goop.com

image credit: goop.com

How far out should you pluck?

The biggest mistake women make is not finding their own natural arch. Eyebrows that are too long and come too far down can make eyes look droopy. If you try to arch your eyebrows too high above the bone, it will look unnatural. You should tweeze little or no hair from the ends of the brows, and you always want to make sure the brows are trailing off in an upward and outward direction, and never downward.

To find your natural arch: Draw an invisible line from the corner of the nose straight up towards the forehead (a). This is where the eyebrows should start. The arch should fall just outside the pupil if you’re holding the pencil at a diagonal from the outer corner of the nostril (b). The eyebrow should extend and then end in a straight line from outer nostril to the end of the eye (c).

brow-graphic2She goes on to say that we need to put our brows in “brow rehab” this is done by putting down the tweezers for 2-3 months and retraining the brows to regrow full and healthy.

She is also against waxing stating that you cannot achieve the feathered look with waxing and that over time waxing breaks down the elasticity of the the skin and can lead to sagging.

Could you rock this feathered brow look?

 

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Could You Be Deep Conditioning Your Natural Hair Too Long?

Hello Loves:

Well today I returned to work after a 2 month break. I am a teacher and although I love what I do, I love blogging even more. Not to worry, I WILL manage some how some way to juggle both so I am not going anywhere. I may post a little later than but I will still post. I just wanted you all to know what was going on with me because even though I only see pictures of some and many I have never seen I feel a connection with each and every one of you and I hope that you feel the same.

Today I wanted to discuss a common misnomer in the natural hair community. “Overnight conditioning” Many naturals feel that the longer you condition the better it will be for your hair but this is not the case. I ran across this article by The Natural Haven:

Deep Conditioning: Effect of Time and Temperature/Heat

Increasing the time you leave conditioner on hair allows more of it to adsorb with a maximum adsorption at 20- 30 minutes.

When conditioner is heated to 35°C, at 10 minutes there is slightly more than 5% on hair and at 30 minutes there is slightly more than 10%. Therefore temperature increases adsorption. The rule however remains the same in terms of no further conditioner sticking to the surface after 30 minutes.

 

After reading this article I realized that leaving conditioner on beyond 30 mins wasn’t going to give me healthier hair or improve absorption. In fact it was more damaging to my hair in doing so:

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Why?

  • long conditioning time causes a change in the keratin that results in softening and weakening so don’t deep condition overnight or for hours on end. The obvious exception to this rule is treatments like henna, that require hours to take to the hair.
  • But for your everyday run-of-the-mill deep conditioner, it should begin to work instantly, and reach maximum capacity at around the 20 or 30 minute mark. If your deep conditioner doesn’t work after 30 minutes, it’s time to ditch it for one that’s more effective.

So how should you use deep conditioner?

DON’T…

  • Don’t use your deep conditioner to co-wash or as a leave-in conditioner. Deep conditioners are specially formulated to be effective at what they do which is to provide intense conditioning to the hair. Deep conditioners tend to contain higher concentrations of cationic surfactants (their primary function is to stick to the hair), and will likely lead to even more buildup if used as a co-wash or leave-in.
  • Remember that conditioners have a shelf life so you may want to store them in the fridge.
  • Don’t be fooled by the miracle conditioners that promise full bouncy curls after one application. Most deep conditioners have the same base ingredients and when looking at the label of your conditioner focus only on the first 6 ingredients because this is where the true benefits will be listed.

How long do you deep condition your hair?

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Must Have Products For The Curly Girl Method (CGM) And A 20% Off Coupon!!

Hello My Curlies:

I haven’t posted a curly post in a while but I really try to wait until I have something to say that hasn’t already been said by all of the other curly hair gurus or a new product. Today is your lucky day my curlies because I have a new product to tell you about that I am pretty sure you will want to grab. **Be sure to scroll to the bottom for your 20% coupon code**

Most of us transitioned to natural hair because we wanted to have healthier hair right? In order to have curly hair we have to be mindful of the products we use. I’ve stated before that I practice the curly girl method (CGM) which is only using sulfate and paraben free products and limiting shampoos to as needed. Otherwise I co-wash my hair with conditioner and I deep condition my hair once a week. These products were sent to me to  review and I’ve been using them for a little over a week now and I must say that I’m very impressed.

Maple Holistics Silk 18 & Aussage Gel

silk18-1editedThe company prides itself in a holistic approach. The definition of holistic is the identification of the theory that the focus is part of a bigger picture. For therapeutic products, a holistic approach would be to synergize natural properties to assist in all components within the entire problem as opposed to focusing on an isolated symptom. They also pride themselves in the following:

  • All products are backed by 100% quality guarantee
  • They offer a money back guarantee
  • They have a customer service line to call if you need assistance with any of their products
  • Only the purest and highest quality ingredients are used in each product

Silk 18 Conditioner

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Product Information

The formula has a gentle conditioning platform with 18 naturally derived silk amino acids. The results of using this conditioner on a regular basis are strengthening of your hair’s fibers and restoration of overall health to your hair. This is mainly due to the botanical keratin included in the conditioner that contributes to the overall composition of the hair. The Silk 18 elite formula ncludes shea butter, sea buckthorn, pomegranate, argan, aloe vera, jojoba, green tea, hibiscus, botanical keratin, and more.

My Review

  • When your hair is frizzy and unmanageable it is normally due to lack of protein and keratin so this conditioner does the job. My hair is so much softer and manageable. It’s like a love affair each morning after I wet my hair and put the Silk 18 on, my hair does its magic and gives me no problems.
  • The smell is amazing!! A smell of vanilla and honey is the closest that I can attribute the smell to. I use it as a leave in everyday after I wet my along with the Assuage gel do the work needed.

Assuage Hair Gel

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We all know that some gels can be harsh on natural hair due to the alcohol level but this gel contains soft and nourishing ingredients including Ginseng Root Extract, Sage Leaf Extract, Golden Jojoba Oil, and Bergamot Oil. It contains no artificial fragrances, no artificial coloring, and is sulfate-free.

My Review

This gel smells so good. It smells like lemongrass oil and it’s lightweight. This is not the type of gel you would use if you wanted a styling gel because it isn’t heavy enough for that. It also is not an edge control gel. I just put it on after I use the Silk 18 and scrunch my hair all over and it makes my curls perfect without the dry feeling. My curls are soft, shiny, and bouncy.

silk18-4natural hairThe company was gracious enough to provide all of my readers with a 20%off coupon code use this code at checkout: MAPLEPRO

** Disclaimer** I was contacted by this company and asked to do a review. The products were sent to me at no cost and this review is based on my own words and experiences with the products. I will always be honest about any product that I am asked to review. The company also has a bath and body and skin care line as well as many other hair products. Visit the site here.

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